Sharkmans World participates in a large number of national and international networks and committees. Examples include:
- Thematic Network for Coordination of European and National RTD programmes for Photovoltaic Solar Energy
- European bioenergy networks
- The NTB Network: the Non Technical Barriers Network for Liquid Biofuels
- International Network for Domestic Efficient Appliances
- OPET - Organisation for the Promotion of Energy Technologies
- Carbon Dioxide Thematic Network 2002 - 2005
International Energy Agency
For information on the IEA, its history, objectives, activities and structure, http://www.iea.org.
- Heat Pumps
The IEA Heat Pump Programme is a non-profit organisation under which participants in different countries cooperate in projects in the field of heat pumps and related heat pumping technologies such as air conditioning, refrigeration and working fluids (refrigerants).
- Heat Transfer and Heat Exchangers
The Agreement concentrates on research exchange and co-ordination of national programmes for the development and exploitation of heat transfer technology. The Agreement identifies needs and gaps and makes recommendations for future research and development. Assistance to deployment of research results is provided through design guidelines and computer codes.
- Energy Storage
The overall objective of the Agreement is to develop and demonstrate various advanced energy storage technologies for application within a variety of energy systems and encourage their use as standard design engineering options.
- Hybrid and Electric Vehicles
Information exchange and collaborative assessment and R&D relating to electric vehicle programmes and technologies.
- District Heating and Cooling
A collaborative R&D and information exchange on the design, performance and operation of distribution systems and consumer installations aiming to improve energy efficiency and reduce adverse environmental impacts of energy supply and use.
- Demand Side Management
A collaborative activities and information exchange for:
- developing and demonstrating DSM programmes and technologies
- studying techniques for implementing DSM
- innovative procurement of demand-side technologies
- DSM and energy efficiency in the changing electricity business environment
- demand-side bidding in competitive electricity markets
- performance contracting
- municipalities in a liberalised system
- market transformation
- energy efficiency (EE) and DSM Programme Evaluation
- EE-DSM Programme International Database: 'INDEEP'
- communication technologies: FLEX-Gate 'from the home to energy suppliers'.
An international directory listing suppliers of technologies that help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. GREENTIE also provides information on funding and on leading international organisations and IEA programmes whose RD&D and information activities centre around clean energy technologies.
- Pulp and Paper
The programme focuses on pre-competitive research and development. Specific activities include information exchange and dissemination, life cycle assessment of the pulp and paper industry with emphasis on energy consumption and environmental effects, and research leading to methods for reducing environmental contaminants and the use of non-renewable energy resources.
- Clean Coal Sciences
This Implementing Agreement concentrates on the basic science of coal combustion. The aim is to encourage, support and promote R&D that will lead to improved understanding and characterisation of conventional combustion processes. Also to develop techniques that control and reduce the solid, liquid and gaseous emissions associated with combustion processes, improve operating efficiency, and identify methods for utilising combustion by-products.
- Greenhouse Gas R&D
This programme studies technologies for reducing emissions of CO2, CH4 and other greenhouse gases. Activities include evaluation, facilitating practical R&D and demonstration, as well as encouraging information exchange. Considerable work has been done on capture, storage and/or utilisation of CO2 from fossil fuel combustion, but a variety of other technologies are also being assessed.
- Photovoltaic Power Systems
A collaborative R&D and information exchange on the application of photovoltaic systems, including cost reduction, awareness building, performance analysis, market deployment and enhancing technology cooperation with non-IEA countries. Newsletters and technical reports.
- Solar Heating and Cooling
A collaborative R&D, information exchange and dissemination programme focusing on solar heating, cooling, daylighting and building-integrated photovoltaic technologies. Work is closely coordinated with that of Buildings and Community Systems (see below) Newsletter and annual reports, Technical reports, Recent publications
- Wind Energy A collaborative R&D and information exchange on wind energy systems. Annual Report available on line. Database on wind characteristics.
A collaborative R&D and information exchange on biomass-based energy systems, including sustainable forestry, conversion and utilisation. List of publications, Newsletters
- Hydrogen Production
The work of the Agreement is directed towards the development of advanced technologies, including direct solar production systems and low-temperature metal hydrides and room-temperature carbon nanostructures for storage.